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intelligence capabilities. we sometimes screw that up as the case of benghazi demonstrates the biggest policy question which i hope we debate is how we become more nimble and understand the political trends. thanks. [applause] thank you very much. bret coming you are up. first of all entry honored to be here and particularly honored to be on the panel introduced by jim i have the greatest admiration for and to be with this mostly distinguished panel. [laughter] the exception of course is reuel. the austrian physicist used to put down his worst students by saying you're not even wrong. [laughter] that's why i am inclined to take the comments. you know, if i say to my son what is five plus seven and he says 11, that's wrong. if he says banana then he's not even wrong. what you have heard from reuel especially is a banana. what would he has just essentially done in a very slippery and disingenuous way is to say that the choice that we face is between secular dictatorship in the strike or various others and democracy we have to accept this democracy because even if it is an islamist democracy if
or kidnapped westerners in the region. given what happened in benghazi diaz evidence it happened in al qaeda and the not read that it was the attack on the u.s. consulate and ultimately the death of chris stevens? >> i think we can say that aqim played a role in the investigations are still under way precisely how aqim members interacted with others in the closed session. >> we will try to arrange that. >> on that same point, you acknowledged that the u.s. africa command is coordinating with equal loss while making planning for an intervention in the north. i guess that should be said of potential intervention in the north; is that correct? >> it is correct to say that the intervention is in the planning phases at this point. the intervention would be involved by the armed forces with support from the international military force. there is no contract or intention of having the u.s. boots on the ground type of support to that intervention. but at this point, we are fighting the planning support exclusively, and we will look at opportunities to provide training and equipping support to the pa
. there's no question that benghazi continues to be litigated. even on the democratic side, there is some division on this. i've talked to democratic senators who have questioned whether she has the standing, the stature, to be secretary of state. so obviously there's some division about how people view susan rice. but here's the bottom line. she's very close to the president of the united states. she is a key voice in his national security team. that's what could ultimately win the day. john kerry has been campaigning hard for it. he's done everything this administration has asked in their first term. overseas, been quite engaged as chairman of the foreign relations committee. so he's certainly a very strong candidate. but at this point, even people close to the president suggest there's just a bit of a question mark about how much of a fight he wants and how much it will come down to getting somebody he believes in and he's close to into that job. >> congressman cleaver, your thoughts on susan rice as a potential nominee. >> well, i think susan rice is imminently qualified and capable o
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